Manchester City cannot win the Champions League with their current defence, despite the “magnificent” result at Real Madrid, says former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch.
City came from behind to stun Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
But Europe’s elite prize has eluded Guardiola ever since he took over at the club, and Crouch believes it will continue to do so until City can solve their defensive problems.
“Manchester City are a wonderful team,” Crouch told the Daily Mail. “I could happily sit and watch them play all day every day, and those feelings were reinforced on Wednesday.
“Winning in the Bernabeu was a magnificent achievement but let’s not kid ourselves and pretend that this Real Madrid team are comparable with any of the giants that went before.
“However, it is still huge to beat them in their backyard – City are only the third English side to do it, remember.
“City gave the Premier League its best European result of the season in Madrid but they didn’t convince me that they are going to go all the way to the final in Istanbul.
“The reason is simple. They may have Kevin De Bruyne – who, I believe will go on to surpass David Silva’s impact at City if he remains at the club for a few more years – and Sergio Aguero and Ederson, who is such a wonderful goalkeeper, but they do not have a defence to match.”
Source: News update